Need To Know
203, including 67 suites.
12 noon. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Double rooms from $660.18 (£510), including tax at 20 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional service charge of 5% per room per night on check-out.
Rates do not include breakfast; à la carte items start from £8. Children Extra beds (£75 a night) and cribs (free for under-2s) can be added to most rooms.
All public areas are wheelchair accessible and some rooms are adapted for the differently abled.
At the hotel
Spa treatment rooms, fitness room with TechnoGym equipment, personal training, restaurants, bars, boutiques, concierge service, DVD library (£12 a day), free WiFi throughout.
In your room
Flatscreen TV, minibar, bottled water, organic Bamford toiletries, bathrobes and slippers (for children, too). DVD/CD players, iPod docking stations, laptops and games consoles provided on request. In-room spa and beauty treatments available. In suites, you'll also get champagne, fresh fruit and chocolates on arrival.
Our favourite rooms
There's no such thing as a bad room at Claridge's – they're the biggest in central London, which makes them very family-friendly. There are lots of interconnecting options, and clever suite layouts with entrance vestibules so you don't have to walk through one room to get to another. Cream of the crop are the beautifully appointed one-bedroom Mayfair Deluxe Suites, with deco-style interiors, pretty period details and a fantastic layout. Low-key but high luxe, with floor-to-ceiling picture windows and extra-deep baths, Deluxe King rooms are lovely and light.
Claridge's Health Club & Spa delivers top-to-toe Sisley treatments, massages and beautification. Book a babysitter and a two-hour 'Treat for Two' package, where you'll both get a massage, facial and a glass of Laurent-Perrier champagne. In-room treatments are also a possibility.
Sweet touches for your mini Smiths include comics and magazines delivered with your paper; and bespoke welcome gifts to keep them occupied, such as colour-me-in passport covers, activity books and small toys. Baby Bamford toiletries are provided, too.
You'll need to make reservations well in advance for tea in the Foyer; and don't forget to book your babysitter at least 48 hours in advance.
Small pets (up to 15lb) stay free. Outside your room, Fido must be on a lead and won't be allowed in any dining areas (an exception is made for guide dogs).